Top things to see and do around Bath in November including catching legendary comedian Sir Lenny Henry and explore Stourhead with its illuminated trail this festive season.
Now in its 29th year, the Bath Mozartfest is back from 8–16 November, providing a glorious celebration of classical music with the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at its heart. Some of the world’s leading musicians will be bringing these classic works to life around the city including a Mozart String Quintet from The Nash Ensemble, an all-Beethoven concert by The Belcea Quartet, and an epic festival finale from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales showcasing three masterpieces from the Romantic era.
Full programme available online; bathmozartfest.org.uk
The legendary Sir Lenny Henry is embarking on a new tour this autumn following the publication of his memoir, Who Am I, Again?, last month, and is coming to The Forum on 28 November, 7.30pm. In part one of the show, Lenny will take the audience through a session of stories both funny and sad, from growing up in the Black Country, puberty, school, friendship, family secrets and unashamed racism. In part two, listen to more insights into Lenny’s life and career when he is interviewed by friend, broadcaster and author Jon Canter.
Tickets from £29.50; bathforum.co.uk
For the very first time at Stourhead, the treetops will glisten and the gardens will sparkle as an illuminated trail will take over the National Trust site this festive season. It’s definitely the most wonderful time of the year to wander beneath unique tree canopies drenched in seasonal colour and dripping with shards of light, frosty snowflakes, stars and baubles. Open from 29 November – 30 December, listen to the mesmerising voices of the Singing Trees in the distance, step into a Laser Garden, and stop at the scented Fire Garden for a moment of reflection.
Tickets from £12; nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead
Fondly recognised for standing on Bath’s street corners, capturing the city at its brightest and bleakest moments during the changing seasons, Peter Brown (locally known as Pete the Street) is opening a new exhibition at Victoria Art Gallery this month celebrating Bath’s streets and green spaces, as well as far-flung places. Showing from 30 November – 9 February, Bath Is It features more than 100 new oil paintings and drawings including atmospheric scenes of some of the city’s most-loved views such as Widcombe, Hedgemead Park, Lansdown and Milsom Street.
£5/concs/free for Discovery Card holders; victoriagal.org.uk
Head coach of the England national rugby team since 2015, Eddie Jones is a gigantic yet enigmatic figure in the sporting world. Hot off the back of the 2019 World Cup campaign in Japan, Eddie is coming to Christ Church in Bath on 21 November, 8pm, to talk about his career as a player – which spanned four World Cups – and as a coach, to coincide with the launch of his honest autobiography My Life in Rugby.
£30, redeemable against the book and includes £10 to spend at Toppings bookshop; toppingbooks.co.uk